Open Quantum Systems: Decoherence and Control

November 20 - November 22, 2008
Cambridge, MA 02138



T. Calarco
University of Ulm

P. Cappellaro

N. Khaneja
Harvard University

G. Morigi
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

L. Viola
Dartmouth College

  • Quantum noise and decoherence
  • Open-system identification and modeling
  • Quantum reservoir engineering
  • Optimal control approaches
  • Quantum feedback and metrology

The study of open quantum systems has a long-standing tradition, from both the theoretical and experimental side, as well as a central significance to various fields of physics ranging from quantum optics to atomic and condensed-matter physics. It is relevant for the understanding of fundamental questions like the loss of quantum coherence and the emergence of classical behavior in micro - to macroscopic systems. At the same time, a deeper understanding of open quantum systems is essential to all applications of quantum mechanics to present and future technology, from the laser to quantum information processing.Recent years have witnessed a growing interest towards accurately modeling and engineering open quantum systems. This has yielded proposals and realizations of techniques for suppressing undesired decoherence effects, realizing quantum states by means of stochastic processes, and achieving quantum-limited sensitivity.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together theoretical ideas and experimental methods in the study and control of open quantum systems that may be relevant to a variety of quantum technologies.

The schedule is now available - click on "Schedule" above.